Some curlers strive to be the best they
can be at this sport, and want to compete at the highest level they
Playdowns are a sequence of competitions, bringing the successful
teams to higher levels of competition. These playdowns can culminate
in National or World Championships, or even the Olympics. The play
during these events fall under strict rules and qualifications,
governed by the curling associations of indivudual states and countries,
which are themselves governed by the World Curling Federation.
There are events for Junior Women's, Junior Men's, Women's, Men's,
and Mixed teams.
Club Playdowns - This is the first level of competition,
teams sign up to play out of and represent a specific club.
State/Regional Playdowns - The winner/s of the club playdowns
proceed to the State Playdowns, and play for the opportunity to
represent their state or region at the Nationals.
National Championships - The winners of the state or regional
playdowns compete at the national level for the honor of representing
their country at the World Curling Championships (and/or the Olympics).
World Curling Championships - This is the dream of the
competitive curler, to represent their country at the World Curling
Championships. The caliber of play at this competition is phenomenal,
and to even watch such an event is truly an inspiration to any
Olympics - There are also progressive events for Women's
and Men's teams to compete in the winter Olympics.
For information on playdown schedules, refer to the calendar.